An Aurora father and son are facing robbery charges related to marketplace scams and buying and selling items over social media.
The pair was arrested by York Regional Police on March 23 after a man allegedly attempted to sell a high-end watch stolen two days earlier from a victim. The tandem arranged to meet a victim to purchase the watch, but fled in a vehicle without paying.
One suspect was arrested before police apprehended the second by executing a warrant at an Aurora residence.
The police investigation was initiated after two incidents in February were linked to the suspects.
Police were alerted by a victim who had arranged to sell a gaming system Feb. 10. The victim eventually realized the buyers paid using counterfeit currency.
Two men met with a second victim Feb. 14 and again used counterfeit currency to pay for the item. When the victim confronted the pair, one of the suspects lifted his shirt to reveal a possible firearm in his waistband.
Nicholas Marchese, 22, and Francesco Marchese, 52, are charged with robbery with a firearm, theft over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000. They are also charged with possession of property obtained by crime and trafficking stolen property.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police No. 4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441.